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Top Story: Flint Positive Spotlight – Jon Connor Makes Billboard Charts Debut

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After tours, magazine features and meeting his idols, Flint rapper Jon Connor has made his mark in one of the areas that really counts: the charts. Connor’s new album, “Unconscious State,” is on two of this week’s Billboard charts: no. 7 in the Heatseekers chart, and no. 35 in the R&B/hip-hop charts. “I remember when the album was done, I joked around with friends and said, ‘imagine if this charted.’ …The fact that it actually happened is crazy,” Connor said.

Billboard magazine’s weekly music charts are recognized internationally as the standard for tracking the most popular songs or albums through physical and digital purchases, radio airplay, YouTube views, and more.

The R&B/Hip-Hop chart is genre-specific, while the Heatseekers chart ranks albums from new artists/bands who have never landed in the top half of the company’s heralded Billboard 200 chart.

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Top Story – America Not Ready For Interracial Cheerios!

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Some of you have the attitude that racism and its effects are a thing of the past, but the fact that a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family has caused what is being called “racist backlash” proves that America has some real and sick issues with race.

However, I also wonder if Cheerios knew exactly what they were doing and this commercial, like all advertising, was created to cause a stir and make a ton of money. I’m already seeing messages online of people saying they are going to buy more Cheerios. Well played!

I was recently thinking that interracial families should be represented more in major media and then this happens. Be careful what you wish for! What Cheerios did was groundbreaking and from what I can recall, they are one of the first major companies to use an interracial family to market their product. Although State Farm does have a commercial with an Asian man, a Black woman, and a baby that talks; but it’s not totally clear that the child is his.

The only thing I find remotely offensive about the Cheerios commercial is the fact that this little girl, who looks to be of reading age, seems to not be able to read the huge “Heart Healthy” on the back of the Cheerios box! Not only that, she also didn’t believe her father when he told her that Cheerios is heart healthy. Who did she believe? Her mother! Is it a feminist Cheerios commercial?

Or…are people upset because the brotha is on the couch having a nap while the White lady is at the table writing checks for a stack of bills? I dunno; I’m reaching for something other than race because in a world where Barack Obama is the President of the United States, this commercial should be considered commonplace. It is just as cute and silly as the majority of other commercials on TV and like most commercials, it didn’t make me want to buy the product.

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When Did Target Commercials Get So Damn Sexy?

Cycle 6 America’s Next Top Model Winner, Dani Evans, is featured in the first commercial below and I love it because she’s a chocolate sista and lord knows we need more dark women on TV! The soundtrack is funky too; it makes me want to go to Target and break some stuff! Check it out!

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The Racy Files: The S&M Experience

Names: 

Sean Hampton & Matt Getic – Creators of ‘The S&M Experience’

Explain what makes you racy: 

Sean:  We write comedy material that deals with race, sexuality, and culture.  Matt and I are equal opportunity offenders so no one is safe from our satire.  Along with that we don’t hold back.  It’s not enough to make a skit talking about a certain celebrity and his alleged sexual encounters at a massage parlor, we have to give the audience the secret hidden audio recordings too.

Why is being racy so much fun? 

Matt:  Because many people are too politically correct.  I love that we can put out a comedy skit that gets emails from one group of people saying it’s genius and emails from another group saying it’s a sign of the apocalypse.  It wouldn’t be as much fun if it wasn’t for the haters.   

Any advice to prudes or sticks in the mud? 

Sean:  I’ll quote a line from a classic John Belushi character:  “My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.”

Matt:  Sex. Eat. Repeat.

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The Racy Files: Erica Sandberg

Name:

Erica Sandberg

Explain what makes you racy:

In my business – personal finance reporting – most people play it straight. They feel it’s the only way to be taken seriously. But that’s just not me. Sure these can be grave topics (we’re talking about unemployment, debt, and a super tough economy here), but delivery matters and I want to be entertaining and enjoyable to watch. I have no problem taking risks. I’ll do skits, put on costumes, tell jokes, even flirt. On camera, I tend not to conform to the standard “look.” I love beauty and wear what appeals, usually with my mad hair down. Maybe because I’m half Italian/Sicilian (the other half is Norwegian) I’m super animated. If I could, I’d physically grab each member of my audience when making a point. Being really passionate about my subject is in itself racy. I want everyone to be as excited, angry, amazed, or motivated about any given topic as I am.

Why is being racy so much fun?

Because it makes me feel alive. There is a uniform that almost all in my industry wear – literally, in terms of clothes, and figuratively in terms of behavior – and it makes me feel extremely uncomfortable to have it on too often. So I don’t unless the situation warrants it. But that’s my choice. To be racy means freedom and stimulation, and I need a ridiculous amount of both.

Any advice to prudes or sticks in the mud?

Sure! Some of my favorite people have trouble letting go. Being racy can be scary because you can get hurt, and I think that’s what makes so many hold back. So to them I say try it – stick your toe in the water by smiling at a random stranger or saying something totally honest and audacious to see how it feels to have your heart beat faster. You may not do it again, or too often, but I bet you’ll always remember it with a huge (if internal) smile. Ultimately, the simple truism “life is for living” is a mantra that everyone who is afraid to be hedonistic or who frowns upon those who are would be wise to adopt.

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Week 3: The Dangerous Lee Diaries

1/16/12 – Had an interview on the Flint Underground podcast, picked up the finished video promo for The Dangerous Lee Experiment, and received the logo for Danger Babies. Great day!

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1/17/12 – Made lots of important phone calls and spoke with a few people I hadn’t spoken to in quite some time, including DJ Swift.

1/18/12 – I don’t recall that anything worth mentioning happened on this day. It was a laid back, chill day…for the most part.

1/19/12 – My daughter, Senia, had a recital at school where she sang and played a recorder. Footage is coming soon via her You Tube show, Simply Senia. I also had the displeasure of sitting next to someone that had the B.O. of someone who sleeps in garbage. Not hot!

1/20/12 – Saw the film Red Tails and spent some quality time with my mother and daughter.

1/21/12 – Got my taxes done and had dinner and good conversation with Jennie Moench and Nic Custer from Flint Underground, and hung out with more good friends at The Studio. Another great day!

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Flint Stuff Spotlight: D Fro – Delirious Days

This music video, made by D-Fro (a producer/MC out of the Owosso/Flint area) and directed by label mate Tim Evans, promotes you to never give up on yourself, even if the world around us wants us to sometimes. D-Fro is an advocate for self-discovery and awareness of world affairs. Check out more at www.fb.com/dfromusic.

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Everybody Hurts…Sometimes

I used to hate this song when I was younger because I thought it was depressing and sad. It may very well have an air of sadness, but I definitely understand the lyrics now that I’m older and have more life experiences. Everybody Hurts is an anti-suicide song, but I have heard that people have actually committed suicide while listening to it. I’m sure this is another reason why I initially didn’t like the song.

What made me think of this song, you ask? I was watching So You Think You Can Dance and there was a beautiful dance routine to the Tina Arena version of this song. I like her version better but I gotta give respect to the original.

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Does the Sun Drop Soda Commercial Chap Your Ass?

I’m not sure if I’m offended that they didn’t use a Black woman or if I’m offended that they used a White woman, but the amount of grinding going on in this commercial is wild! Especially at the beginning, she’s grinding like Snoop Dogg is underneath her. Speaking of Snoop, he seems to be lending himself to many cornball projects lately. Charlie Sheen, now this? Oh well, gotta get paid! There are a few positives; her ass is covered, she’s not a size 2 and she’s not sexy. I’m sure this is an attempt to taker her grinding to a PG13 level.

Does her “Droppin’ it like it’s hot” make you want to taste Sun Drop?